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Library Staff Wellness Links Week of June 14

The last month has flown by, and it included a much-needed vacation and a weekend getaway to an Airbnb in a small town. I have also been writing the book. A draft of the cover is in!  Join the Fostering Wellness in the Library Workplace Facebook group for articles, discussions, and more related to creating a healthy work environment in libraries. Be sure to answer the … Continue reading Library Staff Wellness Links Week of June 14

BLOSSOM Welcome Remarks #blossom2021

Below are the opening remarks I delivered as part of BLOSSOM Building Life-Long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale and Mindfulness March 24 – 26, 2021 A free 3 day virtual symposium for library staff focused on their health and wellness. Welcome. I want to thank you for your time and attention to this event. I know many things demand our time and attention these … Continue reading BLOSSOM Welcome Remarks #blossom2021

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Schedule for BLOSSOM A free virtual symposium for library staff #blossom2021

It is hard to believe that only a little over four months I proposed to my supervisor that we host a virtual event for library staff health and wellness. I do not often overlap my day job with my blog and outside work, but this project used all of my resources both inside and outside of my day job. BLOSSOM is funded as a result … Continue reading Schedule for BLOSSOM A free virtual symposium for library staff #blossom2021

New Series at WebJunction on Library Staff Health

It seems like forever ago that I talked with the team at WebJunction about writing a regular column on library staff health and wellness. Like all things during the Pandemic this has not unfolded how I had imagined. But I am pleased to share with you that the first column is finally up! Through this series, I will explore library staff health and wellness, what … Continue reading New Series at WebJunction on Library Staff Health

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Weight Loss and Step Count Programs Should not be part of a Library Wellness Plan

This post began as part of my post sharing my “Creating a Culture of Wellness in Your Library” presentation. But I realize it needs to be its own blog post, so here we go! First, let’s talk about the weight-loss aspect. There is a growing body of evidence that weight is not the best marker for health. [i] The BMI is rooted in racism[ii] and … Continue reading Weight Loss and Step Count Programs Should not be part of a Library Wellness Plan

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Bringing Wellness into the Library Workplace

It feels strange to return to blogging after almost a year away. I have drifted away from it for a number of reasons: changes in my personal life, a job with a different focus, putting my time and focus elsewhere both consciously and unconsciously, and making space for new bloggers. Over the years I have mostly blogged on topics related to the work I was … Continue reading Bringing Wellness into the Library Workplace